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Order of Canada recipient Kim Pate joins College of Law

The U of S College of Law welcomed Order of Canada recipient Kim Pate as the Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights on July 1.

“I am excited about working with students and colleagues at the University of Saskatchewan to explore new and innovative ways of ensuring human rights protections with and for those who are criminalized and imprisoned,” said Pate, a federal prison system expert. “My daughter Madison and I are very much looking forward to being in Saskatoon—such a vibrant community!”

Pate is currently the executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, a federation of autonomous societies that work with, and on behalf of, marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized women and girls throughout Canada. A lawyer and teacher by trade, she has completed post-graduate studies in the area of forensic mental health and has worked extensively with youth and men during her 30-year career in and around the Canadian legal and penal systems.

Pate is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing her work on equality and human rights, and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and St. Thomas University.

Most recently, Pate was appointed a member of the Order of Canada on June 30 for advocating on behalf of women who are marginalized, victimized or incarcerated, and for her research on women in the criminal justice system.

“It’s very humbling, and it’s an honour,” said Pate in an interview with the Globe and Mail following the announcement of her appointment. “I see myself as receiving it not on behalf of myself, but on behalf of the thousands of women with and for whom we work.”

During her one-year term as the Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights, Pate will support courses and research in human rights at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights was the first endowed chair in human rights to be established at a law school in Canada following an estate gift agreement with the late Ariel F. Sallows, QC, in 1979.